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NC amendment on Hunting and fishing - SaltwaterCentral.Com
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Tony
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: NC amendment on Hunting and fishing Reply with quote

Anybody know what prompted a constitutional amendment to guarantee our right to hunt and fish. Very little info online about this but it is on the ballot in the upcoming 2018 election. Wonder if it has anything to do with the feds and the way they manage/close fisheries with little or no science behind it?  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding is that it was put in to get the hunting and fishing crowd(think more conservative) out to the polls in a midterm election  
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’m sure the Legislature is looking at this as a voter turnout issue this time around. They only support what they think will keep them in office.

A similar amendment was proposed about 8 -10 years ago by a Democrat from Charlotte if I remember correctly. It never made it to the floor for a vote. I believe it was a way to push back at a time when there was a push to limit or eliminate lead in ammunition and most popular hunting calipers as well. On the fishing side it would have banned lead for sinkers, lures, and lead line.

The amendment would have also given sportsmen and anglers a potential way of fighting off Marine Protected Areas and similar restrictions on land that have been proposed. The statement of “traditional Methods” being protected refers to archery, muzzle loaders, shotguns, rifles but also to dog hunting and trapping. On the fishing side it could refer to hook and line, bowfishing, harpoon, gigging, cast netting, and other netting including gill and trawl.

I am not a lawyer but this time around it seems more vague as to what it actually protects. Also not sure of any pitfalls. I would like to have seen it debated further.
  
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